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Homeless shelter poised to purchase property for new building; an additional $800,000 needed for project

October 4, 2011, 4:11 p.m. Updated October 5, 2011, 12:03 p.m.

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New homeless shelter location

Shelter leaders and local public officials got an inside look at the Lawrence Community Shelter's new home Tuesday afternoon. Shelter leaders announced an agreement to purchase the 25,000 square-foot warehouse at 3701 Franklin Park Circle, just east of Douglas County Jail. Enlarge video

Loring Henderson, executive director of the Lawrence Community Shelter, foreground right, describes what the inside of a future homeless shelter might look like during Tuesday’s announcement of the pending property purchase at the Franklin Business Center, 3701 Franklin Park Circle. Tuesday was also the official kickoff of the public phase to raise the last $800,000 to complete the shelter’s capital campaign.

Loring Henderson, executive director of the Lawrence Community Shelter, foreground right, describes what the inside of a future homeless shelter might look like during Tuesday’s announcement of the pending property purchase at the Franklin Business Center, 3701 Franklin Park Circle. Tuesday was also the official kickoff of the public phase to raise the last $800,000 to complete the shelter’s capital campaign.

At a glance

• An agreement to purchase the 25,000-square-foot building, at 3701 Franklin Park Circle near Douglas County Jail, was finalized this week. The cost was about $1.7 million.

• The new shelter will have 125 beds, 50 more than the current shelter.

• The shelter has raised all but about $800,000 needed for the $2.7 million total estimated cost for the building and renovations.

• The shelter has received a $200,000 pledge from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, $78,900 from city of Lawrence stimulus funds, and a $540,000 matching grant from the Mabee Foundation. The shelter must raise the $800,000 by Nov. 24 in order to receive the Mabee Foundation grant.

• For more information, or to donate, visit lawrenceshelter.org.

City and county officials are on board, and the property’s under contract to purchase.

Now, Lawrence Community Shelter officials just need $800,000 to make a new 125-bed home just east of Lawrence a reality.

“This is an exciting, big step for us,” said John Tacha, Lawrence Community Shelter board chairman.

Tacha was joined by city and county officials Tuesday at the shelter’s new location, 3701 Franklin Park Circle, to announce an agreement to purchase the building, which is a 25,000-square-foot warehouse next to Douglas County Jail.

The purchase agreement was solidified this week for about $1.7 million, Tacha said, and the overall cost for the building and renovations is about $2.7 million. The warehouse currently is owned by a group led by Lawrence businessman Tim Keller.

Misty Messinger, a current Lawrence Community Shelter resident, stopped by for a tour of the new facility Tuesday, and said a larger building is long overdue.

“It’s awesome,” said Messinger, who talked about the cramped conditions at the current shelter, where she lives with two sons. “They’re boys. They like to throw the football.”

But currently, such recreational activities are difficult at the building at 214 W. 10th St. The shelter, which has a capacity of 75 people, has routinely been seeing 100 or so requests for shelter daily. The shelter uses several sites to house people when it reaches capacity, Tacha said.

“It’s just not adequate,” Tacha said of the current building.

Loring Henderson, shelter director, gave visitors a tour of the new site, pointing to areas of the warehouse where they’ll have family programs, a recreation area, job training and a garden on the four acres of property.

“There’s some exciting things we’ll be able to do here,” Henderson said.

Shelter leaders said they hope to be in the new building within the next year. Including several matching grants and city stimulus funding, nearly $2 million of the overall cost has been raised. However, Henderson said they were under a tight fundraising deadline, as they must raise the $800,000 by Nov. 24 to receive a $540,000 Mabee Foundation matching grant. Further details about the fundraising campaign will be released in the coming weeks, Henderson said.

Comments

moot 2 years, 9 months ago

will be empty during the summer and half full during the winter.

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Number_1_Grandma 2 years, 9 months ago

This is a good thing.(Being empty) It would be nice when 'homeless' shelters aren't needed. Until then, this would be good for the community.

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Kerry Putthoff 2 years, 9 months ago

The "Government" cannot "give" something to someone, unless it first "takes" something from someone else. If this is such a good thing then why is there not more "private" money involved? I would suggest that if there is a true need, that the population would freely give to that need. The hospital already has to render treatment for the homeless drug addicts and alcoholics at no cost. At what point are we held accountable for our actions? I am not saying throw them to the wolves, however I am saying that it has become a lifestyle for a great deal of these people at our expense!

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dragonwagon2 2 years, 9 months ago

I agree with Grandma - it will be a great blessing when this type of shelter is no longer needed.

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dragonwagon2 2 years, 9 months ago

I agree with Grandma - it will be a great blessing when this type of shelter is no longer needed.

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peartree 2 years, 9 months ago

Congratulations! We all deserve to be treated with dignity. This goes a long way towards better conditions for our least fortunate.

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DRsmith 2 years, 9 months ago

Only those who work hard to get off the government teet deserve to be treated with dignity, not the druggies and alcoholics etc...

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John Kyle 2 years, 9 months ago

I think jesus said that didn't he?

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IgnorantYokel 2 years, 9 months ago

ALL humans deserve dignity. Put yourself in their shoes.

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Jeanette Kekahbah 2 years, 9 months ago

There is a difference between a homeless shelter and a flophouse. Anderson will be a hero in my book only if I need a place to hold my drugs, booze & weapons while I sleep. Misty, my heart to you & your children - you are not representative of who Anderson is focused on - and that is why I don't back him as LJW so obviously does. I'd like to see a safer, more family-oriented facility - that, I would welcome with open arms and wholly support.

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friendlyjhawk 2 years, 9 months ago

City and county is on board? Gonna chip in as much as they gave Theatre Lawrence over the next 5 years?

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irvan moore 2 years, 9 months ago

i miss wm and jk, this site was run a lot better when they were here. it seems like it's not current now and all the poll questions that stay alive forever are a waste of bandwidth. is anybody in charge?

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50YearResident 2 years, 9 months ago

Give, give, give, another $800,00 needed, give give! This community is tapped out for the homeless. There is no end to the amount of money this group wants. They are tapping every charity for money and when that is not enough they go out on the streets and harrass people. I for one am done. No more donations to the homeless of the United States, come one, come all, it's luxury living for homeless in Lawrence, Kansas 66044

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John Kyle 2 years, 9 months ago

you are out of touch with reality if you think homelessness is a luxury. Why do you heartless people have to make up these lies? Just admit that you don't care about others.

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50YearResident 2 years, 9 months ago

OK, I admit Luxuary for the homeless is only found in Lawrence, that is why all of these out of staters and out of towners are moving here. You got me there queequeg.

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greenworld 2 years, 9 months ago

maybe one of the homeless can donate it.

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Wadde 2 years, 9 months ago

 "Monumental landmark Move for Lawrence Community Center;  We all prayed for this to happen"
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Wadde 2 years, 9 months ago

" We will praying for the needed funds they will come suddenly from an unexpected source"

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bearded_gnome 2 years, 9 months ago

some busineses have left downtown in the past few years precisely because of the environment created by the invading army of bums/bumettes and what they do. I suspect that's why 'Annie (the candy store) is now in Eudora. what the bums did to the bathroom there quite often was horrible.


Please! make the new shelter a truly dry shelter, family friendly, safe, and only open to people with local douglas county history/family. make real expectations for the assistance given so to stop enabling.
in other words: stop attracting this population to lawrence and fascilitating their self-destruction and crime.

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Bob Forer 2 years, 9 months ago

Penny Annies moved because her lease was up and they were raising the rent.

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Bob Forer 2 years, 9 months ago

I agree with you gnome, the shelter needs to be dry. Or at the very least, the alcoholics need to agree to start treatment the next day.

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Getaroom 2 years, 9 months ago

Absolute unfounded rubbish gnome. So, move!

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bearded_gnome 2 years, 9 months ago

thanks Sychofant, for the agreement. but I wonder, did you talk with Penny Annie employees?
bums/bumettes trashed their bathroom on a regular basis many times, using feces urine, toilet paper. yuck!

plus, agressive panhandling was often going on in front of 'Annies, too.

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ssteve1 2 years, 9 months ago

Perfect! Lawrence needs this. Wait, just one? Why not pray for three or four? Make it an even dozen. Come on Lawrence, let's all pray.

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Christine Anderson 2 years, 9 months ago

There is a certain multi-millionaire developer who could afford to pay the entire amount needed. Ha!

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Kerry Putthoff 2 years, 9 months ago

It is all fine, unless you live next to the "new" shelter! Are they going to search them for drugs and weapons before they enter as we are searched before we enter some public facilities? Will the occupants be drug tested? I know if I am paying for this, this is my wish. I have to be drug tested as a term of my employment, why the double standard? Are there going to be more than three unrelated people living in this facility more than 14 days?

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TheyCallMeDrBob 2 years, 9 months ago

I WOULD BE MORE AND HAPPY TO HAVE THEM PEE IN A JUG 4 ME.

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50YearResident 2 years, 9 months ago

The Journal World needs to do a study on what is the "Actual Annual Opperating Cost" of this shelter and where the money is comming from. How much each year will the Lawrence community be expected to "donate" to keep the doors open for luxuary homeless living.

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irvan moore 2 years, 9 months ago

i think we need a homeless shelter but i believe it should be near downtown, this white elephant is going to cost us taxpayers a whole lot of money before they admit that this location was a horrible decision. the commission just wants them out of downtown, doesn't care about them or the neighborhood.

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ECM 2 years, 9 months ago

What will happen with the current shelter? Maybe I missed that part but will it stay open as well?

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sr80 2 years, 9 months ago

The landlord is going to sell it to the city, so they can build a parking garage.

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tanaumaga 2 years, 9 months ago

Who is going to develop the space where the old shelter is at. That is what I'm wondering. oh ECM beat me to it.

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chzypoof1 2 years, 9 months ago

Beatnik - Your logical question will not be answered. No one in this whole deal has answered that question. The homeless will still congregate downtown to panhandle. Then What? Are we going to bus the homeless out to the shelter for the night?

If anything, i think Lawrence should be ashamed for "shipping out" our homeless to the outskirts of town. I've lived a lot of places, and the shelter is never outside of town. If you genuinely cared about these people, they would have found somewhere more convenient.

This is all a cover for the few people that own/run downtown getting the homeless away from their shops.

Sad really....

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snitty 2 years, 9 months ago

It would make a lot of sense to keep the current shelter as well, and I hope they do. Homeless people who are downtown will need a place to check into during the day. In fact, the downtown office is a necessity if you don't want to see the homeless on downtown streets.

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Kerry Putthoff 2 years, 9 months ago

How about the Oread!? That would make a good shelter!

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dogsandcats 2 years, 9 months ago

Instead of buying a warehouse, they should use the money to buy some houses or apartments to place the families in. $2.7 million would buy quite a few. Have rules like it's not a permanent residence, they must be actively looking for work, etc. Then all the single homeless people can stay at the current shelter. Would solve the overcrowding problem and then children wouldn't have to live in a homeless shelter.

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ResQd 2 years, 9 months ago

It does sound like a good idea, however, think of all the people who would run to Lawrence for this opportunity to live in a house instead of a shelter. I'm not against this shelter if it works, however, the vagrants who panhandle downtown will still be there, and not use the shelter until it gets really cold outside. I hope they have rules and regulations that forbid drunks and druggies from entering the new shelter. I definitely want to help the homeless if they want to help themselves for a better future.

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januarygirl 2 years, 9 months ago

AGREE, 100% I STATED THIS AWILE BACK, BUT THE PEOPLE WHO NEED TO READ THIS STATEMENT , DON'T CARE. THEY WILL DO WHAT THEY WANT WITH NOT REGUARD TO THE OUTCOME!!!

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januarygirl 2 years, 9 months ago

AGREE, 100% I STATED THIS AWHILE BACK, BUT THE PEOPLE WHO NEED TO READ THIS STATEMENT , DON'T CARE. THEY WILL DO WHAT THEY WANT WITH NO REGUARD TO THE OUTCOME!!!

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50YearResident 2 years, 9 months ago

Remember folks, you can't get wine or drug money without going downtown and hitting on shoppers.

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MarcoPogo 2 years, 9 months ago

You have the ideas; you have the insight; you have the know-how. Go write that article and bring it back so we can all learn exactly what you would like us to learn. Can't hurt, right?

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Flap Doodle 2 years, 9 months ago

Maybe the theater people could do a benefit to raise the money.

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bearded_gnome 2 years, 9 months ago

an idiot wrote: Absolute unfounded rubbish gnome. So, move!

---only in your imagination.

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bearded_gnome 2 years, 9 months ago

Jack wrote: More likely unattended children.. I went there a few times toward the end and that's what I saw.

---agreed, there were some examples of poor parenting/grandparenting, but over the years, hat bathroom suffered one heckuva lot of trasing by the bums.

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bearded_gnome 2 years, 9 months ago

Poof wrote: This is all a cover for the few people that own/run downtown getting the homeless away from their shops.

Sad really....

---sorry to disagree. these owners have the right to their property, their business.

the half or more of the homeless population properly termed as bums/bumettes in fact does scare off some people from going downtown. this is wrong.

and, to answer one insinuation above: I've known some of these. one I knew died a most painful death because she was maintained in the bum lifestyle. that blood is on the hands of the enablers in lawrence. no one expected better of her.
sometimes the loving thing to do is to say "no" to someone destroying him or herself.

when the squatters' camp behind the depot was cleared a few years ago, the pictures in ljw told a thousand words. trash left there was: cigarettes, booze bottles, and "adult" magazines. all purchased with the proceeds of panhandling.

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januarygirl 2 years, 9 months ago

THIS PLAN IS SO WRONG!!!! IF SO MUCH MONEY IS AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE THE WAREHOUSE AND BUILD IT INTO A SHELTER, THEN WHY ARE FAMILIES IN NEED WAITING FOR A PLACE TO LIVE AND A START IN THEIR LIVES , THEY SHOULD NOT BE IN A SHELTER WITH THAT MUCH MONEY AVAILABLE!!!!! THIS IS THE WRONG APPROACH TO THIS PROBLEM. THE PROPERTY IS ALL WRONG , WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO COMMON SENSE. THE OPPERATION COSTS WILL BE SO BIG MONTHLY, YEARLY, ITS CRAZY, NOT TO MENTION WHAT IT WILL COST THE CITY IN TRANSPORTATION FOR PEOPLE BACK AND FORTH TO WHERE ALL THE SERVICES, SCHOOLS, ETC., NEEDED. WHAT IS THE BOARD AND CITY COMMISSION THINKING. THEY ARE FOR SURE NOT LISTENING TO THE MAJORITY OF THE PEOPLE IN LAWRENCE!!!

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januarygirl 2 years, 9 months ago

THIS PLAN IS SO WRONG!!!! IF SO MUCH MONEY IS AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE THE WAREHOUSE AND BUILD IT INTO A SHELTER, THEN WHY ARE FAMILIES IN NEED WAITING FOR A PLACE TO LIVE AND A START IN THEIR LIVES , THEY SHOULD NOT BE IN A SHELTER WITH THAT MUCH MONEY AVAILABLE!!!!! THIS IS THE WRONG APPROACH TO THIS PROBLEM. THE PROPERTY IS ALL WRONG , WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO COMMON SENSE. THE OPPERATION COSTS WILL BE SO BIG MONTHLY, YEARLY, ITS CRAZY, NOT TO MENTION WHAT IT WILL COST THE CITY IN TRANSPORTATION FOR PEOPLE BACK AND FORTH TO WHERE ALL THE SERVICES, SCHOOLS, ETC., NEEDED. WHAT IS THE BOARD AND CITY COMMISSION THINKING. THEY ARE FOR SURE NOT LISTENING TO THE MAJORITY OF THE PEOPLE IN LAWRENCE!!!

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